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Kenya Opposition Leader Takes Oath in Mock Inauguration

31 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by VOA
Kenya’s Interior Ministry has declared the opposition alliance known as the National Resistance Movement a criminal organization after the group’s leader, Raila Odinga, in front of thousands of his supporters, symbolically took the oath of “president” in defiance of last year’s controversial election and of authorities, who said such an act would be considered treason. It’s not clear what comes next for Kenya, given the political situation.
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Ethiopia on the brink. Everyone has failed Somalia— its politicos, Horn nations, AU, UN, the West bear huge responsibilities, TPLF most of all! PART I (1)

27 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    The following introductory paragraphs are intended to serve as a curtain raiser for the articles that would follow it in the weeks to come.

    The main conclusion is its open and honest claim that Somalia could have been up and running long ago, if the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the forces it commands within Somalia — including all sorts of shady Somalia militias — have not been allowed to become authors and contributors of Somalia’s continuing tragedy.

    In that, the individual articles provide tissues forming the conclusion’s muscle.

    While engaging Al-Shabaab as everyone’s enemy, probably as a convenient cover for the top military leadership’s goal(s), these bad apples within the TPLF and their allies’ preoccupation has been their own superior position inside Somalia and Ethiopia. This perception assumes TPLF’s continuity in power in Ethiopia, which takes among others pacifying Somalia and keeping it weaker.
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Kenya needs statesmanship, not brinkmanship

20 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jane Nyingi, DW  

“Kenyatta belongs to the Kikuyu ethnic group, which is the largest in Kenya. Odinga’s Luo ethnic group is the fourth-largest in the country. It’s been the norm that every political decision is based on ethnic arithmetic. The fact is that Kenya is divided along ethnic lines, and we have not been able to solve this problem even 50 years after achieving independence from Britain.”

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The Long Arm of Ethiopia Reaches for Those Who Fled: Ethiopia’s Refugees Unsafe in Kenya and Elsewhere

22 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Felix Horne, Human Rights Watch
“Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government.

In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials kidnapped him in Nairobi and brought him to Ethiopia’s notorious Ziway prison, where he was mistreated and tortured, before being released. He fled to Kenya a second time.
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Long live the Kenya Supreme Court! Election monitors also lost it!

2 Sep

Editor’s Note:

    A strong and democratic Kenya is hopeful sign — as the first of its kind the promissory note — for Africa in general and to Kenya’s northern neighbors, Ethiopians, who for a quarter century have been suffering under the untold TPLF repression and robbery in particular!

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ለኬንያ የተሸጠ ስኳር ጭነው ወደ ናይሮቢ የተላኩ 110 ተሽከርካሪዎች እስከ ዛሬ ሞያሌ ቆመዋል! ከከሸፈው የኬንያ ምርጫ ጋር የተገናኘ ነገር ይኖረው ይሆን?

1 Sep

የአዘጋጁ አስተያየት:

    የስኳር ዕጥረት ሃገራችን ውስጥ እያለ ለምን ይሆን ሕወሃት 110 የጭነት መኪናዎች 4400 ቶን ስኳር ወደኬንያ ያጎረፈው፣ ለዚያውም ሁኔታውን አጣርቶ መላክ ሲገባው አጉል ሆኖ እንደተጫነ ቀርቶባቸዋል። ሕወሃት የከሸፈው የኬንያ ምርጫ ውስጥ እጅ አለው ማለት ነው፡ ዜጎቻችን አስርቦ፡ ለኡሁሩ ኬንያታ ምርጫ ስኳራችንን ያጎረፈው?

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Alert: Prolonged drought drives a food security Emergency in Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia

7 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Fews.Net
A major food security Emergency is expected to continue in the Horn of Africa into early 2018, following very poor performance of the March to June 2017 Gu/long rains, the second consecutive below-average season in many areas. The regeneration of pasture and water resources for pastoralists has been well below normal in southeastern Ethiopia, central Somalia, and northern Kenya, and July harvest prospects are very poor in most areas of southern Somalia. These factors are likely to sustain high humanitarian assistance needs across the Horn of Africa, and drive a continuation of Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity in southeastern Ethiopia and Somalia. In addition, Somalia continues to face a risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5). Improved humanitarian access in Somalia, and urgent, sustained assistance in Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia, is needed to mitigate very high levels of acute malnutrition and the threat of loss of life.
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East Africa: Crackdowns on Protests, Free Expression – Prioritize Accountability, Redress for Victims

13 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Human Rights Watch
(Nairobi) – Clampdowns by governments in East Africa on peaceful protests and free expression severely threatened human rights in the region in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.

Government security forces in Ethiopia, as well as in Uganda and Kenya, used unnecessary and disproportionate force to disperse largely peaceful protests, causing deaths and injuries. In Ethiopia, hundreds of protesters were killed this year. East African governments also used a range of tactics to curtail criticism of government policies and obstruct the work of journalists, notably with physical force, arbitrary arrests, and criminal charges. Across the region, governments failed to investigate and prosecute security force personnel for serious human rights abuses. Refugees, particularly in Kenya, faced threats of forced return.
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